While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Cor. 4:18)
I remember an Assembly of God woman down in east Texas who had double pneumonia. This was back in the late 1930s before miracle drugs.
She just grew steadily worse. Of course, in those days, we didn't have the hospitals we have today. Doctors made house calls at that time.
Well, the doctor came and did what he could do. The doctor told the husband that unless there was a change, she would not live past midnight that night. The husband, who wasn't saved, decided to call the church and ask if some Christians could go over to the house.
The pastor and several members went to the house. They anointed the woman with oil, laid hands on her, and prayed. Now she had been almost unconscious, but she came right out of it and began to laugh and sing in tongues.
She sat up in bed and said, "I'm healed. I'm healed."
The doctor who was expecting her to die that night came back to see her the next day.
She was sitting up in bed talking. He listened to her lungs and said to the husband, "I don't understand it. Her lungs seem to be just as bad as they were.
Sometimes I've seen people revive right before they die. She'll die soon."
He came back the next day and said the same thing. For three days, she sat up in bed, laughed, and talked. She told everyone she met that she was healed. On the third day, every symptom she had disappeared.
Now what if she had based her faith on what she saw or felt - or on what the doctor said? She would have missed it. But she chose instead to believe the Word.
Confession: I base my faith on what God says in His Word. I don't base my faith on what I see, hear, or feel. Things in this sense realm are temporal and fleeting, but things in the spirit realm are eternal and everlasting.
(Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church , aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries , Tulsa, OK , USA. www.rhema.org )